#ThrowbackThursday is part of an ongoing series highlighting the culture of Connecticut throughout the past few decades.

When someone brings up the term "America's Favorite Pastime," you may face some varying opinions. Some claim that the term has long been synonymous with baseball, while others defend that the popularity of football makes it earn that distinction.

No matter what side you take, it's impossible to deny the influence that the sport of baseball has had on history, and in our case, on the history of Connecticut.

Countless names come to mind when you mention the words "baseball" and "Connecticut," with the likes of Craig Breslow, the Trumbull High grad, or two-time All-Star Rob Dibble, being some of the most prominent. However, while not born in Connecticut, Jackie Robinson may be the most iconic name of the bunch, having lived in his Stamford home long after his retirement.

With Opening Day today, the earliest the MLB kickoff extravaganza has ever taken place, what better way celebrate than taking a look at some of the best baseball players ever to hail from the Nutmeg State.

Scroll through the slideshow above to see some of the most famous athletes to ever grace the field of "America's Favorite Pastime."